Theories Of Leadership Theories

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Leadership theories and approaches.
University of People
BUS 4402
Professor Edith Koopmans
December 28th, 2016

Leadership theories and approaches.
In this week’s written assignment I’m going to present the brief overview of leadership theories and to describe in details pros and cons of the different leadership theories (at least 3) and then to discuss how these theories fit with my own personal style.
To further entail other requirements, this paper is aimed to be two-page (double-spaced), font size 12, double spaced, Times New Roman font, and lastly include a reference list.
The development of leadership theories started in the beginning of XX century. The approaches to leadership theories evolved for the whole XX
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Behavioral approaches to leadership were the first implication of the research of leadership. The main idea of these approaches is that leaders have a certain type of behavior and decision making process despite of the specific of situation.
Later on, the contingency approaches to leadership such as Fiedler’s Contingency Theory, Situational Leadership, Path-Goal Theory of Leadership and Vroom and Yetton’s Normative Decision Model were developed.
The most contemporary approaches to leadership are as follows: Transformational Leadership, Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Theory, Servant Leadership and Authentic Leadership.
Anyway, all leaders despite of their preferences with regards to behavioral approaches to leadership could be described through the concept of big five personality traits called OCEAN which means openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.
I’m going to consider in detail the following leadership theories below: theory X and theory Y;
1. Theory X and theory
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the Theory Y managers are more effective in business, particularly in start-ups.
Pros and cons: this theory can be applicable for almost all possible situations and it defines how to treat people. The problem that we can face using this theory is the algorithm to point out whether theory X or theory Y should be used. Another limitation is that this theory does not take into account the surroundings which could lead to less effective management. This drawback is typical for all behavioral approaches since they neglected the environment in which behaviors are demonstrated.
This theory does not fit me very much since I’m working in the business environment where the more flexible approaches are